MyAppleMenu - Mon, Aug 17, 2015

Mon, Aug 17, 2015The Natural-Curiosity Edition

Innovative 'WonderBox' App Revs Up Kids' Curiosity, by Jinny Gudmundsen, USA Today

Kids ask dozens of questions a day. Why does the weather change? What is smell? Where is the Eiffel Tower? A new app called WonderBox seeks to harness kids' natural curiosity to provide deeper learning connections for both kids and their families. The iOS app is revolutionary in how it combines learning videos with challenges that ask kids to create something new; and then it provides a safe environment for the sharing of these creations and discovered "wonders."

Apple's Reach

Apple Debuts Three New Apple Music Ads Featuring Artists Such As James Bay &Amp; Kygo, by Chance Miller, 9to5Mac

New Dr. Dre Album Serves As A Test For Apple Music, by Ben Sisario, New York Times

The album very likely benefited from the promotional push for the film. But for the music industry, it also demonstrated the reach and marketing power of Apple’s system.


PowerPhotos Review: Take Better Control Of Your Photo Library In Photos For OS X, by Glenn Fleishman, Macworld

While Photos is streamlined and zippy compared to iPhoto, its stripped-down approach can be confusing. PowerPhotos takes some of the shock out of Photos for OS X by helping bridge the gap between old and new.

Commander Is A Useful 'Finder Alternative' For Power Users, by Dennis Sellers, Apple World Today

A dual-panel file manager for Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, it allows you to use two panels at once, set up your own hotkeys for a variety of actions, and more.

If I remember correctly, the very first file manager that I've used -- and actually liked -- was Norton Commander.


Avoid The Feature, by M.G. Siegler, 500ish

All of this leads to my seemingly counter-intuitive advice: avoid being featured by Apple in the App Store when you first launch your app at all costs. Apple may hate me being honest in this regard, but they shouldn’t: it behooves neither the app makers nor Apple to have a bunch of apps featured that aren’t going to provide long-term value to users. It’s the short-term gain for long-term pain trade-off. Big picture: it won’t be worth it.

PSA: Beware Of Sudo On OS X, by Rondam Ramblings

Apple ships sudo with tty_tickets disabled by default. What this means is that if you use sudo to give yourself root privileges, your sudo authentication is not bound to the TTY in which you ran sudo.


$2b Fee Sticking Point As Apple Wrangles With Australia's Big Four Banks, by James Eyers, Sydney Morning Herald

Fairfax Media understands fees are a big sticking point in the negotiations, with big banks not willing to give Apple a slice of the $2 billion a year they earn in interchange fees, which are paid by merchants for use of payments infrastructure.

The Covert World Of People Trying To Edit Wikipedia For Pay, by Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

Even minor changes in wording have the potential to influence public perception and, naturally, how millions of dollars are spent.

Parting Words

— Austin Kleon (@austinkleon) August 16, 2015

Thanks for reading.